33MD for February 26, 2009

POSTED: Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 8:11pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:57pm

She was considered dead back in January, but an Ohio mother walked out of the hospital this week. Now she’s being called a “miracle mom.”

Lori and Michael Smith brought little Delilah Grace into this world early New Year’s morning. While the couple was cherishing the first moments with their baby daughter, the unthinkable happened. Lori’s body started to shut down. She had clotting in her liver, kidneys, and brain. Her heart stopped for 49 minutes.

After being in a coma for nearly two weeks, Lori’s family decided it was time to take her off the ventilator. Michael says, “I went home to get our children and I thought it was for the last time to see their mom. Our daughters Megan, Katie Beth, and Hayden, they said ‘mom, if you love us blink your eyes.’” Lori responded and from that day on her condition continued to improve.

57 days after the Smith’s world turned upside down, Lori is leaving the Drake Center. Delilah Grace is now Delilah Grace Hope. Lori says, “For some reason our life was spared and we’re here and whatever that is, I’m not sure yet but I know there’s work to be done.”

And memories are to be made.

If you’re pregnant, you may not be getting enough iodine from your pre-natal vitamins. It’s crucial for proper brain development. Researchers at Boston University tested hundreds of pre-natal multi-vitamins. They say only half contained iodine. And, on average, most of the supplements did not contain enough iodine. Experts say women should look for multi-vitamins with potassium iodine on the label.

And finally, experts say they’ve identified a gene that is linked to the inherited form of Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The research is still in the early stages, but scientists are hopeful they can use this information to screen for and treat A.L.S. It’s a progressive disease that kills nerve cells in the brain, leading to muscle weakness, paralysis, and death.